From The Argus:
More than a dozen streets could see new parking restrictions introduced in a matter of months.
A consultation has been launched into a proposed parking scheme within the Lewes Road Triangle following a city wide review by Brighton and Hove City Council.
Among the proposals are plans to introduce resident permit parking along Upper Lewes Road and nearby streets, introducing double yellow lines and possibly introducing pay and display machines in the area.
The council hopes the plan could help tackle double parking on the narrow streets as well as stopping drivers parking on pavements, making pedestrians walk out in to the road to get past, and improve cycle safety.
It is also hoped the plan could help traffic flow and access for emergency vehicles.
The scheme would be in place between 9am and 8pm from Monday to Sunday and provide parking bays for residents and visitors and for businesses on the affected roads.
A six-week consultation is currently taking place with residents and businesses and a full report is expected to go before the council’s environment, transport and sustainability committee on July 1.
Local opinion appeared to be split when The Argus visited. Some said it would free up parking for those who needed it most while others claimed it would simply drive the problems further down the road.
Jackie Jones, who lives in Upper Lewes Road, said: “I’m not in favour of parking restrictions or permits because they just drive the problem on to somewhere else and isn’t a help at all.”
Student Flora Miskin added the only time she’s ever experienced a problem is when her parents visit. She said: “It’s probably not a good idea to introduce restrictions.”
Business owners also spoke out against the proposals. A spokesman for Deacon and Richardson architects said the yellow lines currently in place on one side of Upper Lewes Road had caused him to consider relocating his business.
Councillor Pete West, chairman of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee, said: “As with all consultations it is an opportunity for the community to give their views on the various parking problems they experience on a daily basis and allow us to find the most practical way forward to alleviate them.”